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On Dec. 18, 2006, DMOZ put a statement on its website that its editing process was up and running again. Around September last year, the “largest human-edited directory on the Web” essentially halted its operations. If you visited the website and tried to submit your site for editing, in many categories you would have got an error page or a message stating the website wasn’t taking submissions at that time. Now, evidently, they’re back. But has DMOZ changed?

We don’t know, we haven’t given it a try. But our guess is likely not. If there has not been a change in editing philosophy or practices then lilkely DMOZ is a relic.

DMOZ, and its editors, need to face the fact that the Web has become a commercial vehicle. If the website wants to compete in the global marketplace of information it will need to start operating as a business. It will need to pay its editors, take money for submissions and strive to provide an excellent service. Otherwise, in a year or two DMOZ will be a thing of the past and no one will submit to it any more. In fact, all those SEO expert wannabes who are now telling their clients to submit to DMOZ will quit giving that bad advice. True SEOers know that DMOZ isn’t important any more.

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